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Full Durham: New Restaurants in 2021

Here's the scoop on some of the new restaurants poised to make a leap this year in Durham.

Here's a list of some of the new restaurants that recently opened their doors, made a leap to a new spot, or are poised to open later this year in Durham.

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Sweets by Shayda

Did someone say pastries, macarons, and chocolates? Shayda Wilson, owner of Sweets by Shayda, aims to bring a little piece of France to Durham with her new pastry shop and café that opened last week. Head on over and try something sweet...by Shayda.

Indian Monsoon Restaurant & Bar

Named after the monsoon in India which is said to bring prosperity, happiness, and hope, Indian Monsoon opened last October with a mission to bring happiness to their guests with every plate. Stop by for some coconut curry, tandoori lamb chops, samosas, and a selection of cocktails.

J. Lights Market & Cafe

A new market and café opened up on Golden Belt Campus last November serving up a huge selection of yumminess for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Named after the owner’s daughters, Janie and Lightsey, the concept of the market and café is to be a starting or stopping point for any break in the day. So, start or stop by for some groceries and try the breakfast wrap with chorizo or the J. Lights cobb salad. To make it even easier to access J. Light's menu, you can now place an order while sitting next door at a table at Hi-Wire Brewing for someone from J. Lights to bring directly to your table.

Two Roosters Ice Cream

Jared Plummer’s love for making ice cream began on a North Carolina farmhouse beneath the watch of his grandma’s two black wooden roosters. He created Two Roosters with that same love and passion for ice cream, and now you can get a scoop or a pint on Golden Belt Campus.

This restaurant made the leap to a new location...

Parker & Otis

Last November, Parker and Otis, a cafe serving breakfast, sandwiches, artisanal coffees, and wine, got a new home on the American Tobacco Campus. The store relocated to the new 5,600-square-foot space previously occupied by Tyler's Taproom and is now open. Check out the Parker & Otis website for parking and curbside options.

These established restaurants are expanding their footprint...


Beloved Locopops started 2021 with a big transformation! Their party room is now a store of sundries, so you can stop by for frozen treats and peruse their unique selection of goods.


Guess what panini, tea, and coffee fans? There’s a new cafe in town brought to you by the wonderful people at Goorsha, bringing that same Ethiopian flavor into bowls, salads, and sandwiches for lunch!

The Loop
Coming February 2021

The Loop is opening their second Durham location on Broad Street in the former Deeluxe Chicken space this February! With options like flame-grilled burgers, salads, soups, and shakes and malts, you won’t be disappointed. We’ll keep you in the loop about The Loop.

The Glass Jug
Spring 2021

Where can you get exclusive Glass Jug beers on draft, wine and cider, and a view of Durham Central Park? Once their new location opens, the one and only Glass Jug, of course. Pick up Glass Jug cans and growlers to-go and enjoy a beer on the patio this spring!

These restaurants are poised to open sometime this year...

BB’s Crispy Chicken
Coming soon

They have one true love, and it’s called the crispy chicken sandwich. Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen is bringing a new fast-casual concept, BB’s Crispy Chicken, to University Hill Shopping Center later this year! Stay tuned for opening details.

Rofhiwa Book Café
Coming February/March 2021

Offering titles by Black writers across the globe and a wide selection of coffee brews, Rofhiwa is scheduled to open in the old East Durham Bake Shop space in the next few months.

Press Coffee + Crepes
Coming in 2021

Press is a European inspired coffeehouse offering quality coffee and a variety of sweet and savory crepes. The first location opened in Graham, NC, and the second location is slated to open on the American Tobacco Campus this summer.

Boxyard RTP
Coming in 2021

Visualize yourself grabbing a cup of coffee from Beyú Caffè, and then creating your own Korean BBQ bowl at Bulkogi for lunch. Or, maybe visualize a beer and pizza pairing from Fullsteam Brewery, and then top it off with a big fluffy puff of organic cotton candy from Wonderpuff for dessert! Is your mouth watering yet? Later this year, you can experience all those delicious flavors and more surrounded by repurposed shipping containers, unique shops, music, and fun at Boxyard RTP.